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Maryland is the 7th U.S. state, admitted to the Union on April 28, 1788. Its most populous city is Baltimore, and the state capitol is located in Annapolis.

LGBT Rights in Maryland: Same-sex marriage became legal in Maryland on Jan. 1, 2013, approved by 52.4 percent of voters in a ballot referendum on Nov. 6, 2012. The measure was originally passed in the Legislature and signed by Gov. Martin O’Malley on March 1, 2012. State law protects against discrimination based on sexual orientation, but not gender identity. State law protects against hate crimes based on both sexual orientation and gender identity. State law permits any adult to petition to adopt and recognizes same-sex couples as co-parents.

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Non- discrimination laws will improve the lives of transgender Marylanders — and everyone else

Thursday, February 28, 2013
The largest study on transgender populations in the country found that one in five Maryland respondents report having lost their job due to being transgender; 12 percent have been, or are homeless and over half of the transgender population has been harassed and or denied service in a public space, [...]

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Ethics panel criticizes Md. lawmaker for ‘official’ rant against Ravens’ linebacker

Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Emmett C. Burns
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — An ethics panel has criticized a Maryland lawmaker for using his official letterhead to urge Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti to restrain linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo from publicly supporting same-sex marriage. [...]

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Maryland lawmakers introduce transgender rights bill

Tuesday, January 29, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Maryland lawmakers on Tuesday introduced a bill that would ban anti-transgender discrimination in the workplace, housing and public accommodations. [...]

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Cub Scout pack rescinds gay-welcoming policy under threat of losing its charter

Saturday, January 26, 2013
A Cub Scout pack in Maryland has been forced to rescind its gay-inclusive non-discrimination policy in order to keep its charter with the Boy Scouts of America. [...]

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Maryland lawmaker claims marriage votes spurred alcohol abuse

Monday, January 14, 2013
Donald Dwyer
A Maryland lawmaker told a local newspaper last week that legislators who voted for the state’s same-sex marriage bill contributed to his alcohol abuse. Delegate Don Dwyer (R-Anne Arundel County) told the Maryland Gazette in an interview the newspaper posted to its website on Saturday that he felt “betrayed” when [...]

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University reinstates diversity officer who signed anti-marriage equality petition

Monday, January 7, 2013
Angela McCaskill Photo courtesy Gallaudet University
WASHINGTON -- Gallaudet University has reinstated its chief diversity officer after a three-month paid suspension for signing a petition opposing Maryland’s same-sex marriage law. [...]

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Westboro protesters met by crowd of 250 counter-protesters in Maryland

Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Westboro Baptist Church members protest Maryland's same-sex marriage law in Annapolis, Md. on Wednesday.Photo © Anna Staver.
Four members of the anti-gay extremist Westboro Baptist Church were met by 250 counter-protesters on Wednesday morning when they arrived outside the Anne Arundel Circuit Court building in Annapolis to protest the state's recently enacted marriage equality law. [...]

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Westboro announces plans to protest same-sex marriage in Maryland

Tuesday, January 1, 2013
The Westboro Baptist Church, home of anti-gay extremists known for their “Gods hates fags” and "God hates dead soldiers" protests, has received permits to rally in front of courthouses in Towson and Annapolis, Md. on Wednesday, according to police officials. [...]

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Maryland gay couples ring in the New Year with first same-sex unions

Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Jim Scales (left) and William Tasker, wed at Baltimore city hall on Jan. 1, 2013.Image via WBAL-TV.
After 35 years together, Jim Scales, 68, and William Tasker, 60, married shortly after midnight on Tuesday, becoming one of the first same-sex couples in Maryland to wed under the state's new marriage equality law. [...]

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Maryland couples await 2013 as marriage equality law takes effect at 12:01 a.m.

Monday, December 31, 2012
Same-sex couples in Maryland are eagerly awaiting the New Year, as at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, the state's new marriage equality law takes effect. [...]

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